While browsing through the internet a lazy Sunday afternoon, I came across a blogger who had cut down sugar completely from their lifestyle. Neither white sugar, nor brown. That morning, while rummaging the kitchen shelf for a something raw to be transformed into something edible, I got hold of a big container of maida. Zack loves his maida dosa more than his fish fry, so we always stock it up. That is another matter that he never knew that the dabba would be empty by the evening. If he knew, he would have dissuaded me from wasting my time in making this sugarless cake. Who in the world would eat or ask for a cake without sugar 😛
But then I had made up my mind to empty that maida dabba and make use of the over ripe bananas lying on the dining table. I planned to use all things natural.
Now this is how it looked it, when it came out of the oven. Please don’t close this page, kindly excuse my poor photography skills. It would be blasphemy to call this a cake to be very honest. But since the only ingredient missing here is sugar, I will take that leeway
So how did I make it?
Maida – 1.5 cups
Curd – 1 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Baking powder – 1 and 1/4 tsp
Cooking oil – 1/2 cup
2 small bananas
Honey – 1 tbsp
chopped dry fruits ( optional)
Mash the bananas using a fork to a very fine paste. Soak the dates in warm water for about 5 min and smash them by hands, to a very syrupy consistency.
In a wide bowl, mix the curd, bananas and date-syrup and beat using a hand mixer for about 3 minutes. Do not be tempted to taste it, you might finish it off.
Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix well. You should see bubbles appearing. Keep it aside for 5 minutes. While you have 5 minutes at hand, dust away your oven and pre-heat to 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Preheating after your final batter is ready and waiting for the oven timer to go from 10:00 to 0:00 will make your cake go stiff.
After 5 minutes of letting the baking soda and baking powder introduce themselves, pour in the oil and vanilla essence. Give it a good mix.
Add in the maida gradually and keep mixing the wet and dry ingredients now. It tends to get stickier but after a good two minutes, you can see the oil leaving the mixture. Do not think why is this happening, just keep on mixing it. Pour honey into this mix, give it the final mix and now your batter is ready to be baked.
Line up your bakeware with butter paper or grease it and pour this batter into it.
Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.
After 10 minutes, take your bakeware out and sprinkle chopped cashews and raisins. I wanted to add almonds too, but it was empty when I opened its dabba.
Put the batter inside the oven and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, take out your bakeware and check by inserting a fork or a knife. If it does not come out clean, bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Now this cake will not rise so don’t curse yourself that why you wasted an hour of your life
Let it cool down a bit, cut a small part of it and taste it. Found it to be too ‘non-sugary’? Worry not!! Cut out your cake into neat slices and make a clean spread of honey on top of it and serve it to yourself or any willing-to-eat souls.
Reaction in the family :
First bite –
“This is cake aa??”
“But it does not taste like cake at all”
“Arre, you forgot to put sugar”
After 30 minutes
“Where is that cake Visha, give me another piece”
“There is a subtle hint of sweetness, it’s not bland at all. It tastes so good Visha”
After 35 minutes
All is left is one slice of the cake, which I think I will have on Monday, after returning from work. Alas, that was nowhere to be found 😥
So my dear readers, the final conclusion of this great experiment is that you can have sugar less cakes 🙂 I have named it the No egg-no butter-banana-dates-honey cake. Suggestions are most welcome.
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